Girls born today—International Women’s Day—can expect to live 20 years longer than women born in 1960, the same birth year as Nigella Lawson, Bono and Erin Brockovich.
In Nepal and China, life expectancy for women has doubled over the past 50 to 60 years.
Child birth is much safer, for babies and mums, more women are surviving cancer, universal education is giving girls the opportunity to achieve their goals, and infectious scourges of the past are no more.
But domestic violence and chronic diseases remain huge challenges in Australia, and the world’s poorest women are likely to bear the brunt of climate change.
Public health experts are available for interviews about the diseases, discoveries, substances and social policies changing women’s health—past, present, and future.
In Australia, we’re blessed with safe drinking water. We have more to fear from sugary drinks, with chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, now responsible for 85 per cent of deaths worldwide.
And while a smaller proportion of people are dying young from infectious diseases, more people are living long enough to die from cancer—a disease of ageing—instead.
Will we still live as long in the face of new challenges such as climate change? What’s the quality of life we’re experiencing, particularly in our senior years? Why are other countries being left behind? What does the next century in public health hold for humanity?
The World Congress on Public Health will be held in Melbourne from 3 to 7 April, bringing together academics and policy makers from universities and institutions around the world, including the World Health Organization.
Media are welcome at the Congress and we’ll keep you posted on developments.